“Lipkevicius had a good year last season. Time will show whether his level is good enough. His debut in Zalgiris was promising, but his offense is rather limited. Popovic, on the other hand, is an already proven player. Fans love him,” the team’s sporting director Vitoldas Masalskis told BasketNews.lt.
Masalskis also confirmed that the club is currently negotiating with a couple of candidates to take the reins at the club next season. It is reported that Aleksandar Trifunovic will probably not stay as the coach.
Popovic was averaging 12.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in Euroleague this season, while collecting 11.2 points and 4.0 assists per game in the Lithuanian League (LKL).
Lipkevicius joined Zalgiris in the middle of
last season after starting the year with Baltai Kaunas. The young player was
averaging 4.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in LKL and 7.6 points and
4.4 rebounds in the Baltic League.
You can find more transfer market news and rumours in our LKL Summer Market 2012/13 section, with the LKL transfer table and news tracker.